Ronald Acuna Jr. suffered a right knee injury in the Braves’ Saturday afternoon game against the Marlins in Miami.
Acuna was tracking a drive to deep right field by the Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm. He leaped but couldn’t make the catch. The ball went just over Acuna’s outstretched glove and hit off the base of the wall.
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Acuna came down and crashed into the wall, and then couldn’t get up.
The outfielder tried to leave the field under his own power but couldn’t. He went back down to the turf and was eventually carted to the dugout and carried into the locker room by Atlanta staffers. He was visibly upset.
The injury didn’t look good for the 23-year-old Acuna, and the Braves confirmed that it wasn’t late Saturday night. The team announced that Acuna had suffered a torn right ACL and would miss the rest of the season.
OF Ronald Acuña Jr. underwent an MRI today that showed a complete tear of his right ACL. He will undergo season-ending surgery.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 11, 2021
MLB Twitter was rightfully worried about Acuna after the injury. It took time to send him well wishes after his injury.
HORRIBLE!!! Ronald Acuña Jr. injures his right knee jumping for a fly ball on the warning track in Miami. He was down for a few minutes but limping off the field now. pic.twitter.com/ISiJqm1deC
— Paul Byrd (@PaulByrd36) July 10, 2021
Watching Ronald Acuña Jr. cry is not something I was prepared to see today.
— Major League GIFs (@MajorLeagueGIFs) July 10, 2021
I feel awful. Ronald Acuña Jr. has walked off or bounced back quickly from several injury scares in his brief career. Sincerely hope this is another of those. pic.twitter.com/2SqqZxwc7l
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) July 10, 2021
Ronald Acuña Jr. can have BOTH of my legs, frankly.
— Lindsay Crosby (@AuburnBanker) July 10, 2021
Baseball is at its best when its biggest stars are on the field. Hoping for the best possible outcome for Ronald Acuna, Jr. and the Braves.pic.twitter.com/zLtWL4y9K3
— Nashville Stars ⚾️ (@NashvilleStars) July 10, 2021
Hopefully Ronald Acuña’s injury isn’t as bad as it looked. Just a couple weeks ago it looks like Giannis destroyed his knee and he’s playing in the NBA Finals.
— Trent (@TrentD1313) July 10, 2021
Acuna entered Saturday with a .284/.392/.593 slash line and 24 home runs. Abraham Almonte replaced him in right field after the injury.